Harbor Freight sells a steel shot filled leather pouch used to repair dents in cars. It makes a great noise-deadening surface for your bench block and the price is right at $2.59. They also sell a flint striker for $1.79 which is great for lighting torches. This cheap model works better than the “high quality” one I bought elsewhere. I also got a small bolt cutter that I use to cut cable and heavy wire, a bargain at $3.99. I plan to use their digital pocket scale for weighing resin and hardener. That way I won’t mix more than I need and I can pour out equal amounts more easily.
I confess, weighing resin is not my idea; I read the tip in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. But it makes sense. Serious bakers weigh their ingredients because the measurements are more accurate.
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